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Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services

Event Type
Event Subject
Development Outcomes (D)
Topic Groups (Careers in Dentistry, Hospital Dentistry)
Tuesday 13 June 2023
19:30 - 20:30
Local Services e-learning
www.bda.org/bse, ONLINE
Emily Sherwin, Sarah Martin, Karanveer Matharu, Zahra Syed
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Careers in the hospital dental services - Part 3 - Webinar

Please note this webinar was originally due to be held on Thursday 9 March 2023.

Tuesday 13 June 2023

19:30 - 20:30

Group / DivisionCentral Committee for Hospital Dental Services


All attendees: Free

Please note: As this is a webinar, it is essential for all attendees to provide a unique email address at the point of registration.
CPD1 hour
AimsThis webinar is the third in a series of webinars which aims to provide delegates with a greater understanding of the specialties within dentistry and grades available as career options within the hospital dental services. Participants will learn about the potential career pathways available.
Learning objectives
  • Develop an understanding of the career pathways in the hospital dental services
  • Expand knowledge of the various specialties within the hospital dental service
  • This third webinar of the series will cover the following specialties: Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Special Care Dentistry 
  • Understand more about the role of a SAS grade
  • Learn how to develop your CV in preparation for applying for StR posts.

Learning content

A number of authors from the hospital dental services section of the BDA Student Careers Guide will summarise their journey into their chosen specialty and grade.

Development outcomeD

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Nadia Ahmed

Nadia was elected as the Chair of CCHDS in February 2022. She has been on the CCHDS committee since 2018 and has previously been the Executive SAS representative.

Nadia graduated in 2007 then gained experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Radiology and Paediatric Dentistry in the early part of her hospital career. The journey to becoming a Specialist and Consultant Orthodontist took Nadia across the Midlands and Yorkshire.

Nadia carried out her StR training in Leeds and gained her MOrth from the Royal College of Surgeons England in 2016, alongside undertaking MSc research in autotransplantation of teeth.

Nadia was an Associate Specialist in Orthodontics alongside working in specialist practice after completion of her StR training. She carried out her Post CCST training in 2018 in Birmingham Dental Hospital which led to the Fellowship in Orthodontics in 2020. During this final part of her training, she particularly enjoyed  attending Birmingham’s Children’s’ Hospital to attend cleft clinics with the multidisciplinary team. She started her first Consultant post in 2021.

Nadia currently works part time in the Hospital service in a Locum Consultant post and part time in Specialist Orthodontic practice. She is also actively involved in teaching on various courses and has contributed to a number of postgraduate textbooks.

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Sarah Martin

Sarah qualified from the University of Leeds in 1998, and subsequently gained her MFDS in Glasgow 2001.

Her first post was a vocational training position in General Practice as part of what was then called General Professional Training; the second year of which was as a senior house officer in oral/maxillofacial surgery at Torbay Hospital. Subsequently, she had a post at Birmingham Dental Hospital again as an SHO, this time in paediatric dentistry. She enjoyed the surgical experience and moved to a year's SHO post in OMFS at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. 

Sarah embarked on a medical degree in 2002 and continued one session a week as a clinical assistant in oral surgery at a local district general hospital. Due to personal circumstance, she had a change of heart after six months and returned doing more hours as a clinical assistant, then picking up a part time role as Senior Dental Officer in oral surgery in the local community dental services. 

Sarah had three children over this time, eventually returning to work as a Staff Grade in oral surgery. Over this period, she gained a lot of both surgical and sedation experience, which she enjoyed.

Her current post is that of part time Specialty dentist within the Oral Surgery Department at BDH; she also does oral surgery sessions at a peripheral community clinic. There has been significant scope for developing her interests within this role and she has had experience working on a patient safety group, the paediatric exodontia pathway, and the dental hospital resuscitation team, to give a few examples. Sarah particularly enjoy her role as a sedationist, and has a real interest in mentoring postgraduate dentists who are developing both surgical and sedation skills. Most recently, she has been offered a new role as trust-wide SAS Tutor/Advocate and plan to take this up part time in the near future.

SAS positions in any specialty can offer a fulfilling long-term career, and Sarah is very fortunate to enjoy what can be a varied and challenging role. 

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Karanveer Matharu

Karan qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2017 with honours before undertaking his foundation training in the Berkshire Deanery. This was followed by dental core training years 1 and 2 in OMFS across London. Karan completed his third year of dental core training in the West Midlands before commencing Oral Surgery Speciality Training at Birmingham Dental Hospital in 2021.

Throughout his career, Karan has been actively involved in supporting undergraduate and post graduate training, including helping his peers prepare for undergraduate, dental foundation and the dental core training recruitment process. Most recently, he was involved a webinar run by BAOS, with the aim to provide guidance to applicants for the National Oral Surgery recruitment cycle for 2022. 


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Emily Sherwin

Emily qualified from the University of Sheffield in 2007. She completed Vocational Training in Derbyshire then worked as a Senior House Officer in Special Care Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Merseyside region. Following this she worked as a dentist at the Aboriginal Medical Service in Sydney, Australia.  On returning to the UK, she undertook Specialist Training in Special Care Dentistry in the Thames Valley region and completed the MSc at King’s College London.

Emily currently works as a Consultant in the Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Guy's Hospital, providing dental care to patients requiring Special Care Dentistry including the use of conscious sedation techniques and general anaesthesia. She is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Her particular interest is in the dental management of patients undergoing oncology treatment.

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Zahra Syed

Zahra is a Consultant and clinical lead in Oral Medicine at the Royal London Hospital since 2017 having completed her CCST  tricollegiate specialist training in Oral Medicine from Leeds General infirmary the same year. She has a postgraduate certificate in Healthcare education from Sheffield Hallam university and is a member of faculty of Higher Education. She graduated from Medicine in 2012 and Dentistry in 2006 from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and has since gained experience working in many specialities since this time including OMFS, restorative dentistry, special care dentistry, general medicine, gastroenterology, cardiology, rheumatology, dermatology, neuropsychiatry, general and vascular surgery.
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